SYNONYM is a neighborhood wine bar, bottle shop, café and bookshop that celebrates art, community & culture. The name reflects the shop’s many dimensions: a from-scratch kitchen focusing on local producers and farmers; a large natural wine & craft beer list; specialty coffee; and, a curated bookshop aimed at nurturing the creative community.

Located on James Street North, one of the oldest streets in Canada (a history that dates back to the early 1800s), in Downtown Hamilton. JSN is an indie artist hub in many different disciplines. The seven block district, extending from Wilson to Murray Street, consists of early 20th century, low-rise brick buildings with street level galleries, retail, restaurants and cafes with studios and apartments above. An influx of artisans has transformed James Street North into an enclave of indie shops, cafés and galleries, turning The Hammer into "Brooklyn of the North." 

Get in Touch


Contact Address:

  • 328 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H2

Contact Info:

  • +1 905-525-7974
  • danielle@synonymshop.com

Working Hours:

  • Monday : CLOSED
  • Tuesday : 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday : 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday :  8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday : 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday : 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Weekend: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM